Area OPP Police Press Releases

Repeat Offender Arrested For Arson On Orange Hill Road – Methamphetamine A Factor – Name Released

(HOWICK, ON) – A Howick Township resident remains in custody following an investigation conducted by members of the Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment.

On December 13, 2020 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Huron County OPP and Howick Fire Department responded to a farm property located on Orange Hill Road. Upon arrival first responders observed a camper trailer fully engulfed in flames. 

Upon making contact with the land owner he became combative and assaultive with police. 

The accused was ultimately taken into custody and upon searching the accused he was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. 

Murray THORNTON, 58 years of age from Howick has been charged with the following offences:

  • Arson
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Methamphetamine
  • Resist Arrest
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order – 4 counts

He remains in custody on these charges with a court appearance scheduled for December 17, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

Members from the Huron County OPP Crime Unit, OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS) and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal also attended the scene to assist with the investigation.

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